About a month ago, CNN put out this article:
This is one of my all-time frustrations. Hearing people tell me things that they think are in the Bible but are not there at all. We hear it from other places, see movies, pictures, listen to stories, music, whatever it is and just take those things for truth.
For instance, this Thursday is celebrated by a famous painting that is hundreds of years old. Da Vinci's Last Supper. Whenever you hear about the Last Supper that's the image many people see. But is that really how it happened? The painting has a huge room with banners on the wall and rolling hills in the windows behind them. Do you really think a little place in Jerusalem had that? Do you think they really all sat on the same side of the table? Of course not, but a painting where half the people are the backs of their heads blocking others in a small space isn't as nice. Da Vinci wasn't there, it was all in his imagination.
How often do we do this with other parts of the Bible? Here's my challenge, this week is Holy Week. It is one of the few stories that is found in all four Gospels (even Jesus' birth isn't in all of them). Take this week and actually read for yourself the story from Sunday to Sunday from each of the Gospels. Matthew 21-28, Mark 11-16, Luke 19-24, John 12-20. Pick one. Read them all. Get to know the real story. It's the most important one in all of human history.